FBI Arrests the ‘Back Again Bandit’

The “Back Again Bandit” has been identified. On Monday, October 25, 2021, the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force with assistance from the Phoenix Police Department arrested Richard Zumbro, 44, without incident following a bank robbery at U.S. Bank, 1855 North Power Road in Mesa. Zumbro is believed to have committed 23 bank robberies, including:

  • December 30, 2020, U.S. Bank inside Fry’s, 9900 South Rural Road, Tempe, Arizona
  • January 15, 2021, U.S. Bank inside Fry’s, 9900 South Rural Road, Tempe, Arizona
  • January 26, 2021, U.S. Bank inside Safeway, 4005 East Chandler Boulevard, Phoenix, Arizona
  • February 5, 2021, U.S. Bank inside Safeway, 4005 East Chandler Boulevard, Phoenix, Arizona
  • March 2, 2021, U.S. Bank inside Safeway, 4005 East Chandler Boulevard, Phoenix, Arizona
  • April 2, 2021, U.S. Bank inside Safeway, 3800 West Happy Valley Road, Phoenix, Arizona
  • April 30, 2021, Desert Financial Credit Union inside Frys, 985 East  Riggs Road, Chandler, Arizona
  • May 6, 2021, U.S. Bank inside Safeway, 5137 East Baseline Road, Gilbert, Arizona
  • June 11, 2021, U.S. Bank inside Safeway, 3800 West Happy Valley Road, Phoenix, Arizona
  • June 25, 2021, U.S. Bank inside Albertsons, 3130 West Carefree Highway, Phoenix, Arizona
  • July 3, 2021, U.S. Bank inside Fry’s, 2858 North Pinal Avenue, Casa Grande, Arizona
  • July 29, 2021, U.S. Bank inside Safeway, 3800 West Happy Valley Road, Phoenix, Arizona
  • August 14, 2021, Desert Financial Credit Union inside Fry’s, 20797 North John Wayne Parkway, Maricopa, Arizona
  • August 31, 2021, Desert Financial Credit Union inside Fry’s, 5140 West Baseline Road, Phoenix, Arizona
  • September 4, 2021, U.S. Bank inside Fry’s, 2858 North Pinal Avenue, Casa Grande, Arizona
  • September 10, 2021, U.S. Bank inside Smith’s, 2835 South Windmill Lane, Henderson, Nevada
  • September 14, 2021, Desert Financial Credit Union inside Fry’s, 15215 North Cotton Lane, Surprise, Arizona
  • September 21, 2021, BBVA Compass Bank, 1101 West Florence Boulevard, Casa Grande, Arizona
  • October 1, 2021, U.S. Bank inside Safeway, 9100 North Silverbell Road, Tucson, Arizona
  • October 9, 2021, U.S. Bank inside Safeway, 7110 North Oracle Road, Tucson, Arizona
  • October 12, 2021, U.S. Bank inside Albertsons, 3130 West Carefree Highway, Phoenix, Arizona
  • October 19, 2021, U.S. Bank inside Safeway, 5137 East Baseline Road, Gilbert, Arizona
  • October 25, 2021, U.S. Bank inside Safeway, 1855 North Power Road, Mesa, Arizona

According to the complaint, in each instance, Zumbro would enter a grocery store, approach the bank inside, and pass a demand note.

No one was physically injured during the bank robberies.

The FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force would like to thank all of our local law enforcement partners, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Arizona for their work on this case.

Zumbro has been charged in a federal criminal complaint. A complaint is only an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for Arizona at http://www.azd.uscourts.gov/ or on PACER https://www.pacer.gov/

The FBI Violent Crimes Task Force is comprised of the Phoenix Police Department, Peoria Police Department, Scottsdale Police Department, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office FATE team, U.S. Border Patrol, and the FBI.

 


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